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Video: IRS commissioner not sure if itís inappropriate to ask pro-life group about Ö its prayers
Hotair ^ | 05/17/2013 | AllahPundit

Posted on 05/17/2013 2:04:21 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Via the Examiner and NRO, a few more credible, confidence-inspiring breadcrumbs from this morning’s Ways and Means hearing. It’s starting to make sense now why protesting Planned Parenthood might present a risk to your tax-exempt status, isn’t it?

The second clip is of Miller saying that he did indeed ask his underlings who was targeting conservative groups, and they told him, but now he can’t remember the answer. Really. The disdain this guy harbors for the proceedings is palpable, but that’s probably in his best interest: The more antagonistic he is, the more liberal support he’ll have when the administration inevitably tries to find a new job for him at the IRS after this blows over. In the meantime, Miller’s loss is Fred Armisen’s gain, assuming SNL even attempts to tackle O’s scandals this weekend. Given what the show’s come to, maybe it’s best that they didn’t.

By the way, did anyone ask Miller the threshold question of why the IRS chose to spend so much time on penny-ante tea-party groups instead of the gigantic conservative and liberals 501(c)(4) orgs that have real influence on elections? Here’s what the Cincinnati office considered a priority:

The AP reviewed 990 tax returns for nonprofit groups that were made publicly available and posted on both the Guidestar and the Foundation Center websites, searching between 2009 and 2011 under the terms “tea party,” ”patriot” and other terms frequently used by tea party groups. Several tea party groups also made their tax returns available to the AP. The returns detailed revenues and expenses for the groups, as well as other details. Donors’ identifies, however, are shielded from disclosure under federal tax code provisions.

Only 21 of the 93 groups reported annual gross receipts higher than $25,000 between 2009 and 2011, according to the AP review. The $25,000 figure is a threshold for the IRS because an organization’s financial strength and revenue sources are important factors in determining its tax-exempt status. Nonprofit groups reporting less than $25,000 a year are allowed to file a short-form, postcard tax return instead of a detailed filing — one indication of a low-budget operation.

The median income for all the groups was just $16,700 a year. That figure includes several tea party organizations that boasted million-dollar budgets and a cluster of others with more than $100,000 in annual revenues. The well-funded activist groups were led by the Georgia-based Tea Party Patriots Inc., the nation’s biggest tea party group, which started out with more than $700,000 in annual revenues in 2009 and grew to $20.2 million annually in 2012.

Radley Balko noted on Twitter this morning that the amounts being thrown around here tend to undercut the sacred liberal talking point that the tea-party movement is merely corporate astroturf bankrolled by the Koch brothers to advance plutocratic interests. Suggested new narrative: The “plutocratic astroturf” theory is true, it’s just that the Kochs are … really, really stingy towards their puppets.


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To: SeekAndFind

Incredible how fast fascism can spring up.

41 posted on 05/17/2013 7:15:10 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: unixfox

As we have seen with illegals, if everyone does it it’s OK. Why the government will even sue a state for you!

42 posted on 05/17/2013 7:16:40 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: SeekAndFind

If I were ever asked this question, it would be very difficult not to laugh at the person asking.

This whole thing is freakin bizarre beyond bizarre.

Seriously? IRS requiring these sort of questions?

This has to be a joke.

43 posted on 05/17/2013 7:44:48 PM PDT by servantboy777
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To: SeekAndFind
I am not ever very optimistic about our plight and where we are at this point (as a country).

However, with this thing blowing wide open like this, I have to believe that it is going to be very hard for them to keep moving forward at such a rapid pace. This is going to require serious recalculation on the part of the communists/globalists.

The bad news, they are very used to taking one step backward to move two forward.

I wrote four years ago, that we are vastly reaching a time that, traditionally, in leftist takeovers, it will require terrorizing the citizens to get to the next level.

I think that is true now more than ever.

44 posted on 05/17/2013 8:12:43 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Dutchboy88; SeekAndFind

As bad as the IRS is, an expanded Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Everything Else Sold Under the Sun would be far worse. Give me a flat income tax any day over a national sales tax.

45 posted on 05/17/2013 8:14:48 PM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is so over the line I struggle for composure.

Permanent furloughs for about 90% of this cancerous bureaucracy are in order.

IRS and EPA are the top of my personal list.

Which Article of the Constitution do you derive your assumed authority from?

Don’t hand me some USC bullshit- which Article, punk?

46 posted on 05/17/2013 8:26:14 PM PDT by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Some GOP congresscritter needs to ask the Obama administration, Would it be appropriate to ask a Muslim organization, What are the contents of your prayers?

47 posted on 05/17/2013 9:10:19 PM PDT by kevao (Biblical Jesus: Give your money to the poor. Socialist Jesus: Give your neighbor's money to the poor)
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To: SeekAndFind

So, comissioner, though we’ve already attained your wife’s disposition, we’re really going to have to know more about the kinky sex thing, and remember, you’re under oath.

If you don’t mind, let’s start with the goat.

48 posted on 05/17/2013 10:18:48 PM PDT by glock rocks ("If not us, who? If not now, when?" - Ronald Reagan)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks SeekAndFind. Speaking of the man upstairs, this is Obama’s doing and Obama’s fault.

49 posted on 05/18/2013 2:08:16 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well Steve did the IRS ask Moslem Malik Obama about his prayers when he wanted tax exemption for his Barak H Obama Foundation ???

and if not why not ???

50 posted on 05/18/2013 3:17:40 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: SeekAndFind
What about abolishing the income tax and replacing it with a tax on China imports?

Repeal the 16th(abolishes income tax and IRS )

Impeach Obama

Obama’s IRS targeted conservative groups to throw the election to Obama and democrats . It wasn't just prejudice but a plan a goal to rig the election for Obama . Obama knew as that is coming out.It lied about that and to my mind Obama planned the IRS rigging the election , who benefited from the IRS targeting tea party groups especially in battle ground states during the election? a big eared donkey that's who

51 posted on 05/18/2013 4:29:40 AM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS rigged election for Obama and democrats by shutting down tea party)
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To: oldbrowser

“The commissioner is playing dumb. Didn’t Geithner pull the same BS?”

Yes, nothing like a tax-dodger heading Treasury...

52 posted on 05/18/2013 5:01:24 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: SeekAndFind

As Greg Gutfeld famously said yesterday on The Fives: “Never trust a guy over 50 who sports a perm.”

This creepy, Lurch-like liar is probably representative of the gaggle of bureaucrats that care little about the nation but much about their persona and money.

53 posted on 05/18/2013 5:14:47 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: hosepipe

We are the IRS-

We are rogue...

...and we also wear the Union label.

54 posted on 05/18/2013 6:01:24 AM PDT by homegroan (Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option....)
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To: brityank

It’s still a start... better than we’ve seen from the Washington Post in years.

55 posted on 05/18/2013 6:32:46 AM PDT by GOPJ (Conservatives were Obama's victims, but unlike the press we were aware of it.)
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To: SeekAndFind
the IRS should be just abolished good for all.
56 posted on 05/18/2013 6:56:51 AM PDT by Drawn7979
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To: SeekAndFind

What country am I living in?

57 posted on 05/18/2013 7:43:38 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: jeffc

"You don't know very much, do you?"

Sounds like Miller better get his head and his ass wired together...

58 posted on 05/18/2013 7:59:39 AM PDT by chimera
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To: SeekAndFind

If they set these applications aside for the sake of efficiency, then where in the effiency flow chart does it say: “Ask applicant to detail the content of their prayers?”

59 posted on 05/18/2013 8:55:41 AM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: SeekAndFind

This is what happens when you elect a Chicago gangster to the presidency.

60 posted on 05/18/2013 9:20:07 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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